Utica, NY (WIBX) - If you're a high school or college student interested in a career in graphic design, read on. The Utica hub of the American Institute of Graphic Arts is holding a special event tomorrow, (5/16) to help prepare you for a career in graphic design.

AIGA Program Coordinator for the upstate region and owner of 484 Design, Michelle McCarrick-Truett says the possibilities in this field are endless. "Graphic Design is a very viable, very strong career, especially with the introduction and just the fast changes on the internet and different things in new media and social media. And, we're becoming a part of conversation on a business level that we haven't been before--it's not just art, it's not just making things pretty, it's a strategic tool that businesses can help differentiate themselves and grow with, and we're in those conversations," she said.

The event titled, "RGB - Really Great Beginnings" is taking place from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the ballroom of the Radisson Hotel in downtown Utica. Area colleges taking part are: Oneida Herkimer Madison BOCES high school program, Mohawk Valley Community College, Herkimer County Community College, SUNYIT and PrattMWP. Organizers say representatives and professors will be on-hand to help guide those in attendance. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the event.

McCarrick-Truett says the event is geared toward those that are artistically inclined, but also to those interested in a business career. "Graphic Design is not just a career, it defines who you are," she said. In addition to learning about a career in graphic design, participants will get a chance to win art related door prizes. For more information, contact Michelle McCarrick-Truett at (315) 534-0067, or via email at, michelle@484design.com.